Work areas

The problem of small arms proliferation is multidimensional– that is why such a broad array of organisations around the world are so concerned about it. On this page you will find the latest news and resources on some of the hot topics for groups working against small arms and light weapons.

Latest news

Experts on violence against women discussed the methodological challenges and the state of research on the costs, consequences and manifestation of gender violence during a workshop organised by the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, 25-26 March.

On 27 March, in Kinshasa (DR Congo), IANSA woman Kenneth Enim Ampi from Women for Justice in Congo organised a meeting to share the information that she gathered during the Arms Trade Treaty campaign meeting, held in Vienna (Austria) last February.

Weapons collection and destruction

Fifty religious leaders form the African Great Lakes region met in Kigali (Rwanda) on 23-24 March and pledged to play a leading role in peacebuilding, reconciliation and disarmament.

Weapons collection and destruction

Children in 500 Yemeni schools have participated on peace and disarmament training courses held by IANSA member Dar Al Salaam (The House of Peace).

Women, gender and guns

In Ushuia (Argentina), the southernmost city in the world, more than 90 women community leaders, government officials, journalists and students participated in an event to support the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign on 29 March.

Latest resources

Women, gender and guns
The first ‘Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS)’ for 2012 from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, features PRIO researcher and Deputy Director Inger Skjelsbæk’s new book ‘The Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the launch of the US Peace Research Endowment'.
UN Small Arms Process

Representatives of civil society spoke in the afternoon plenary session of the preparatory committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 Review Conference (RevCon) on 21 March 2012.

This article was written by Félix Kokou Aklavon, member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) and the Togolese Action Network on Small Arms (RASALT) for the Small Arms Monitor during the preparatory committee for the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA).

International trade controls

The report presents (Part I and Part II) a series of cases - from the 1980s to present - that illustrate and document the continuous involvement of aviation companies in the business of war, namely in the arms supply chains and also in covert operations, all of which have often resulted in consequent severe violations of human rights, from Nicaragua to Armenia, from D.R. Congo to Afghanistan and Rwanda.

UN Small Arms Process

The purpose of the PrepCom is to lay the groundwork for the RevCon, 27 August – 7 September 2012. The PrepCom is expected to produce a draft agenda for the RevCon i.e. which solutions to the problem of gun violence are open for discussion.